Fairmont Regional Medical Center joined forces with the Center For Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) to commemorate April as National Organ Donor Awareness Month.
The event hosted speakers from Fairmont Regional, CORE and organ recipients who spoke on the importance of organ donors and how the community can help raise awareness.
“People that are on the organ wait list are individuals who are really ill and that are really in need of a life-saving transplant and if it’s something we can offer people that they can have a longer life then it’s something that’s worthwhile for us to do,” said Jeremy Zeiders, tissue recipient and proffessional service liasion for CORE.
Research shows nationally close to 114,000 people currently wait for organ transplants, including 2,500 people in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Research shows at least 20 will die each day without receiving a transplant.
One person is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.
“There are many people on the donor list that are waiting for a liver, a kidney, a heart, lungs and Fairmont really wants to make our community understand the importance of being a donor and how we save lives.” said Erin Johnston, director of intensive care and emergency services for Fairmont Regional Medical Center.